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Jean Abreu’s movement practice comes from his on-going interest in utilizing the body as a powerful tool to articulate arresting emotional and complex ideas through dance.
Jean Abreu’s work derives from a wide-range of dance languages, intertwining references from contemporary dance with his Brazilian dance influences, which are part of his early years in dance training (such as the grounded fluidity of Capoeira or the rhythmical richness of Samba).
However instead of merely passing on techniques, Jean’s teaching is more focused on the thinking and decision process that accompanies the movements. His methodology encourages dances artists to search for movement impulses that are urgent and necessary and that are coming from a primal and necessary origin, moving away from pre-made movement structures, broadening the spectrum of possibilities that the body can offer.
His movement practice and workshop are designed to help participants to develop their ability to listen to their body’s sensorial impulses, fully focused on the continuous process of making choices, on the spot decision making, as performers, dancers and social beings.
Choreographic patterns and movement qualities are driven by a clear set of roles and precise instructions, previously discussed and agreed with the group. In this shared movement and choreographic ‘making’, dance artists will develop their critical and analytical thinking in a process of accumulation of movement qualities, ideas, textures and sensations.
Body in motion = conceptual idea + e-motion.
ARTISTBIO: Jean Abreu
Born in Brazil, Jean Abreu (choreographer/dancer) moved to London in 1996 after receiving a scholarship to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for music and dance, he choreographed his first work in 2003, "Hibrido" and was honoured with the Jerwood Choreography Award the same year as well as becoming an Associate artist at The Place Theatre in London. Since then, his work has toured throughout the UK, Europe and Brazil including performances for Julidans festival, Dance Umbrella, Southbank Centre & the Auditorio Ibirapuera São Paulo. He founded Jean Abreu Dance in 2009 and his first work for the company, "INSIDE" with music played live by glitch rock band 65daysofstatic premiered at Edinburgh festival in 2010 to rave reviews. He created the first of a trilogy of solo project "BLOOD" (2013), in collaboration with British visual artists Gilbert and George and co-commissioned by the Royal Opera House London. In 2015 he created "A Thread", an international collaboration with renowned Brazilian visual artist and sculptor Elisa Bracher bringing together dance artists from China, UK and Brazil partly supported by Itau Cultural Foundation (BR), South Bank Centre and Arts Council of England. His most recent creation "Solo for Two" (2018), the second of the trilogy of solos exploring his in between cultural identity, is a collaboration with Belgium dance dramaturg Guy Cools supported by Arts Council England, co-commissioned by Southbank Centre and the Horniman Museum. "Solo for Two" is currently on tour in the UK and will be performed in Brazil, China and Portugal in 2019.
Jean has taught extensively his movement practice in the UK and abroad in renowned dance organisations and universities including London Contemporary Dance School, London Studio Centre, Dance Base (Scotland), International Festival of Morelos (Mexico) Roger Williams University (USA) New York University (USA), Balance Arts Centre (China). He is currently a regular guest artist at Bath Spa University, Portsmouth University, University of Bath, Greenwich Dance and Beijing Dance Academy.